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Sustainability in Our Facilities

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Clorox’s long-term strategic plan calls for 20% reductions by 2020 in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy, water and waste-to-landfill of our manufacturing and distribution operations. All Clorox facilities follow a customized environmental management system (EMS) that tracks, reports and enables continuous improvement to help advance the company’s sustainability goals, while helping ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Regulatory agencies — at both the federal and local level — conduct inspections regularly at all of our manufacturing facilities, focusing on the health, safety and environmental compliance of our product lines. And our Product Supply Organization provides employees with general environmental awareness and subject-specific training related to their roles, including annual regulatory training which is tracked in our EMS.

Energy

As part of our commitment to reduce energy consumption worldwide, we are investing in more energy-efficient equipment and employing more eco-efficient manufacturing practices. Since 2008, we successfully reduced our energy consumption by 27% on an intensity basis (per case of product sold) and 9% on an absolute basis. This represents a reduction of 72,000 megawatt-hours used in 2018 versus 2007. Reducing energy not only reduces our costs, it’s also better for the environment. For historical details prior to our current goal period, download Energy Consumption 2007-2011.

Our Goal

In 2012, we set a goal to decrease our energy use 20% (per case of product sold) by 2020 versus 2011 base year.

Our Progress

By 2018, we reduced our energy consumption by 18% on an intensity basis (per case of product sold versus 2011). On an absolute basis, we decreased energy use by 7% in this same period. This represents a reduction of 54,000 Mwh of energy used in 2018 versus 2011, which is the baseline year for our 2020 reduction goal.

Year-Over-Year Reduction of Energy Consumption (2011-2018)

Notes:

Clorox sold its Oakland, California, offices in 2013 and discontinued its Venezuela operations in 2014. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 reduction goal) was recalculated to exclude energy from these facilities. Data for 2012 and 2013 were not recalculated.

Clorox acquired Renew Life in 2016. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 energy reduction goal) was recalculated to include estimated energy consumption from related facilities associated with this acquisition. Data for 2012-15 were not recalculated.

In 2018, Clorox acquired Nutranext and at the end of 2017 opened its new Atlanta West manufacturing facility. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 energy reduction goal) were recalculated to include estimated energy consumption from related facilities associated with this acquisition and new manufacturing facility. Data for 2012–2017 were not recalculated.

Purchased Electricity (‘000 of MWh)
Calendar Year United States International Worldwide
2011 378 117 495
2012 368 109 477
2013 343 106 449
2014 346 111 457
2015 348 88 436
2016 358 87 445
2017 357 83 440
2018 361 77 438

Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption (2018 data shown below):

Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MWh
Fuel Type United States International Worldwide
Natural Gas 200 14 214
Fuel Oil 20 0.1 20
Propane 19 0.4 19
Other Mobile Sources 24 7 31

Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption in ‘000 mega joules (2018 data shown below):

Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MJ
Fuel Type United States International Worldwide
Natural Gas 718,700 51,109 769,809
Fuel Oil 72,702 424 73,126
Propane 67,201 1,581 68,782
Other Mobile Sources 85,000 25,063 110,063

Renewable Energy

In fiscal year 2017, we installed solar panels at our Fairfield, California, plant and our regional distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. Both solar panel arrays were built with a third-party provider as power purchase agreements, or PPAs. That means we didn’t spend company money to build these projects, and the facilities buy the power produced from the third party instead of from the utility. While both arrays generate renewable energy, we do not claim the use of renewable energy or include the clean energy attributes of the Aberdeen RDC in the calculation of our GHG emissions because the third party retains the renewable energy credit rights in the PPA.

Oakland Headquarters LEED Certification

In 2010, Clorox was again recognized for its strong commitment to environmental stewardship when our corporate headquarters in Oakland, California, became one of only 38 buildings in the U.S. to achieve the highest level of eco recognition: platinum level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Building certification (LEED-EB). While we sold the Oakland building in 2013, we continue to lease office space from the facility which has maintained its LEED-EB Platinum status. For more information, read about workplace initiatives on our GHG emissions page.

Kingsford Plant Woodpile Cover

Our Kingsford® brand’s Summer Shade, Kentucky, manufacturing facility installed a fabric superstructure — slightly larger than a football field and nine stories tall — over its woodpile to prevent the material from being exposed to the elements. With the woodpile protected, less energy is required to dry it before it’s used to make char, a key ingredient for manufacturing charcoal briquets.

Lighting Retrofits

In the early 2010’s, we began to equip our manufacturing and distribution facilities with energy-efficient T5/T8 florescent lighting. In 2014, our engineering standards changed to specify LED lighting, which is more energy-efficient than florescent lighting, for all interior and exterior new construction and retrofits, and we consequently converted many of the initial T5/T8 upgrades to LED. Today, all Clorox sites globally have retrofitted their lighting to more energy efficient types.

Our facilities also completed energy assessments to further identify and reduce energy usage from their operating equipment and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and implemented improved operating procedures.

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